Friends remember Paradise Valley homicide victim

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Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 10:11 AM

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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Friends say that the man found dead in a Paradise Valley home on Tuesday is 68-year-old Michael Gilman.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Paradise Valley Police Department received a 911 call from Gilman's personal assistant at the home in the 5400 block of E. Lincoln Drive. The personal assistant had arrived at the residence and believed the victim was deceased.

Gilman's business partner, Charlie Venturi, said Gilman was like an uncle to him. He said Gilman was a generous man who raised his children in Scottsdale. Venturi also said at one time Gilman owned a bank and an insurance business in Scottsdale and that after traveling the world Gilman was happy to be home in the Valley.

"One of the nicest guys. Drank a lot of coffee but kind of kept to himself a little bit and didn't really bring out exactly his dealings," said John Allen who is a bartender at one of Gilman's favorite restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale.

Allen said everyone at the restaurant was stunned to learn that Gilman was the victim of a homicide.

"I don't know exactly what's going on but apparently he was stabbed so somebody had it out for him," said Allen.

Police have not yet released the cause of death but friends said it was brutal. They also said they do not know who would harm the retiree who lived a quiet life in an upscale gated community.

He was working as a consultant for Venturi's international event planning company, Live It Productions in Miami.

Neighbors in the exclusive community where he lived said there is very tight security so there is likely surveillance video of whoever came in and out of that area on Tuesday.

Some of the bar employees in Scottsdale who knew Gilman said he was often there late at night with younger men and that he would often ask the employees back to his million-dollar home.

Police said an autopsy was performed on Thursday and the cause of death could be released on Friday.

Gilman is survived by his son who lives in Los Angeles.

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Paradise Valley police identify homicide victim

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- Paradise Valley police are identifying a homicide victim found in his home in a gated community as a 68-year-old man.

Police say a personal assistant called 911 after finding the body of Michael Gilman on Tuesday.

According to police, Gilman was only person who lived at the home.

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Death of Paradise Valley resident now considered homicide

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Investigators now say the death of a person in an exclusive private gated community is a homicide.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Paradise Valley Police Department received a 911 call from a personal assistant at the home in the 5400 block of E. Lincoln Drive. The personal assistant had arrived at the residence and believed the victim was deceased.

Paradise Valley Police Officers and the Phoenix Fire Department were dispatched, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Paradise Valley Police Department is classifying this as a homicide investigation.

Detectives executed a search warrant and processed the crime scene early Wednesday morning.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office also responded and is assisting with this investigation.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has the victim and will be conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

3TV has learned the name of the victim through assessor records and neighbors but has been asked by police to withhold it until the family is notified.

Neighbors said the victim was a developer of some kind and used to split time between Paradise Valley and the Los Angeles area, but he recently began living in Arizona full time.

They also said he was a private man and they never noticed any problems at the home.

Police have not released any suspect information but neighbors say the security guard keeps license plate records for all of the cars that enter the community.

"Our detectives are actively investigating all the leads in this but we're not releasing those case details at this point," Paradise Valley Police Lt. Michael Cole said.

Cole said the town of Paradise Valley has seen few homicides in the past decade.

"About two years ago, we had the Shapiro homicide. Prior to that, it was about eight years," he said. "When a violent crime like this happens, it just shakes the community and especially so becuase we have such a low violent crime rate."

Anyone with information regarding this case should call the Paradise Valley Police Department Crime Stopper number at 480-948-7410.

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Paradise Valley resident's death called suspicious

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities investigating a suspicious death in a Paradise Valley say the dead person lived at the home.

According to police, a caretaker arrived at the luxury house near 54th Street and Lincoln Drive and called authorities after finding the body about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Lt. Michael Cole says the person was pronounced dead at the scene and the case is being treated as a suspicious death.

"We are treating this as a suspicious death," said Lt. Cole. "We will release further details as they become available."

The name of the person found dead hasn't been released and police won't comment yet on the manner of death.

Police were in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the home on Tuesday night.

"The officers will be securing the scene to make sure nobody comes in or out, preserve any evidence that may be in the residence," explained Lt. Cole.

While this death has not yet been determined to be a homicide it is rare for such incidents in Paradise Valley.

"Our last homicide was about two years ago and before that it was about eight years prior to that so it's very unusual. We have a very low crime rate and unusual calls of this nature are certainly few and far between," said Lt. Cole.

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Police conducting death investigation at Paradise Valley home

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the discovery of a dead body inside a Paradise Valley home.

Paradise Valley police say a caretaker arrived at the luxury house near 54th Street and Lincoln Drive and called authorities after finding the body about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say the person was pronounced dead at the scene and the case is being treated as a suspicious death.

The name of the person found dead hasn't been released and police won't comment yet on the manner of death.

Detectives remain at the scene and police say it's an ongoing investigation.

They're in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the home.

Video from Chopper 3 shows police cars parked outside the home with police tape blocking off the driveway.

Police say cases like this don't come often in Paradise Valley. "Our last homicide was about two years ago," says Lt. Mike Cole of the Paradise Valley Police Department. "And before that it was about eight years prior to that. So it's very unusual. We have a very low crime rate. And unusual calls of this nature are few and far in between."

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